Disciplinary actions taken

Definition of terms

Following are the disciplinary actions that may be imposed for violations of the principles of the College:

Admonition: A written notification, warning, or serious rebuke.

Censure: A written judgment, condemning the Fellow or Member’s actions as wrong. This is a firm reprimand.

Probation: A punitive action for a stated period of time, during which the Member: (a) loses the rights to hold office and to participate as a leader in College programs; (b) retains other privileges and obligations of membership; (c) will be reconsidered by the Central Judiciary Committee periodically and at the end of the stated term.

Suspension: A severe punitive action for a period of time, during which the Fellow or Member, according to the membership status: (a) loses the rights to attend and vote at College meetings, to hold office, and to participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs; (b) is subject to the removal of the Member’s name from the public listing and mailing list of the College; (c) surrenders his or her Fellowship certificate to the College, and no longer explicitly or implicitly claims to be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; (d) pays the visitor’s registration fee when attending College programs; (e) is not subject to the payment of annual dues. When the suspension is lifted, the Fellow or Member is returned to full privileges and obligations of Fellowship.

Expulsion: The certificate of Fellowship and all other indicia of Fellowship or membership previously issued by the College must be forthwith returned to the College. The surgeon thereafter shall not explicitly or implicitly claim to be a Fellow or Member of the American College of Surgeons and may not participate as a leader, speaker, or panelist in College programs.

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) took the following disciplinary actions at its October 3, 2015, meeting in Chicago, IL:

  • Konstantino A. Avradopoulos, MD, a general surgeon from Northborough, MA, had his Fellowship placed on probation with conditions for reinstatement. This action was taken following an action by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, which placed his license on probation for five years with terms and conditions. The state took action based on an investigation involving his treatment of six patients, which determined that he had not met the standard of care in those cases.
  • John E. Fattore, MD, a plastic surgeon from Norwood, MA, had his Fellowship placed on probation with conditions for reinstatement. This action was taken following an action by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine suspending his license based on a finding that he had committed misconduct in the practice of medicine, practiced medicine deceitfully, engaged in conduct that has the capacity to deceive or defraud, and had engaged in conduct that undermines the public confidence in the integrity of the medical profession.
  • A Fellow who is an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon from Elkton, MD, was admonished. This action was taken after the Maryland Board of Physicians issued a reprimand due to failure to supervise a certified registered nurse anesthetist and performance of a procedure at a facility that was not properly accredited.
  • Richard Ian Reid, MD, an obstetrics and gynecological surgeon currently living and practicing in Edgecliff, New South Wales, Australia, had his Fellowship suspended with conditions for reinstatement. This action was taken following disciplinary actions taken by the State of Michigan and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. These actions were taken following allegations expressing concerns about his ability to safely and skillfully practice medicine, constituting incompetence.
  • John Wallace Smith, MD, a plastic surgeon from Hoffman Estates, IL, was suspended from the College. This action was taken after the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) ordered him to voluntarily relinquish his license after he violated his 2009 probationary agreement with the IDFPR. His license to practice medicine in the State of California was revoked in 2010 based on his conduct in responding to the California investigation and his probation in the state of Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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